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Yemen: Saudi Arabia authorizes flights to Sanaa

26 November 2017

A UN plane with humanitarian aid workers has arrived this morning in the Yemeni capital, Sana, for the first time since Saudi-led coalition closed all Yemeni ground, air and sea ports, Reuters reported citing the spokesman of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

Humanitarian aid workers and medical supplies began to arrive in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Saturday, UN officials said, after the easing of a almost three-week-old blockade that caused an worldwide outcry.

With that, the aid organizations who are trying to mitigate this humanitarian crisis will be able to do their work and help relieve the already catastrophic situation.

Three other aircraft, two carrying United Nations aid workers and another carrying Red Cross staff, also landed at the airport in the capital city Sanaa. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that despite the approval, they weren't given the green light to enter Yemen until late Friday night, reports The Guardian.

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The UN children's fund UNICEF said Saturday's flight was carrying more than 15 tonnes, or 1.9 million doses, of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and other preventable diseases.

The port of Salef is also expected to reopen, deputy United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq said in NY, citing information that United Nations humanitarian and political officials had received from their Saudi counterparts.

"We stress the critical importance of resuming also commercial imports, in particular fuel supplies for our humanitarian response - transportation and so on - and for water pumping, Laerke said".

An estimated 17 millions of Yemen's 27 million people are suffering from food insecurity as a civil war has dragged on for three years.

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According to the White House, the Houthi rebels, backed by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, have used destabilizing missile systems to target Saudi Arabia-systems that were not present in Yemen before the conflict.

The US today welcomed a move by Saudi Arabia to allow humanitarian aid to reach Yemen.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

In an interview just before the coalition made the announcement, McGoldrick told The Associated Press that a continued blockade would make Yemen's long-suffering population more vulnerable to cholera and starvation.

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Yemen: Saudi Arabia authorizes flights to Sanaa